Mission Critical: Publishing and the Dissemination of Knowledge

Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20037


12:00 PM-5:00 PM        
Early Registration

5:00 PM-6:45 PM          
Opening Cocktail Reception
(Dinner on Your Own)


7:45 AM-8:45 AM
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 AM-9:15 AM        
Opening Remarks
Maria A. Pallante
AAP President and Chief Executive Officer

9:15 AM-9:30 AM       
Distinguished Guest

Judy Chu.jpg

The Hon. Judy Chu
U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Judy Chu represents California’s 27th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. A seasoned leader on intellectual property issues, she co-founded and co-chairs the Bi-partisan Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, including publishers and authors. She serves on the House Ways and Means and Small Business Committees, and she also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee. Dr. Chu holds a B.A. in Mathematics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

9:30 AM-10:15 AM     
Author Keynote

Photo by  Erin Patrice O'Brien

Photo by
Erin Patrice O'Brien

Brian Greene
Renowned physicist, bestselling author, and NOVA television host
Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Physics
Director, Center for Theoretical Physics, Columbia University
Co-founder, World Science Festival

Brian Greene is equally passionate to educate the next generation of scholars in superstring theory as he is to bring knowledge and excitement about science to the general public. The Washington Post has described him as “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today.” Among his most influential contributions as a physicist are the first semi-realistic models based on explicit string compactifications, and the discoveries of mirror symmetry, mild topology change and drastic topology change.  Brian's general audience books, including The Elegant UniverseThe Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos have collectively sold more than two million copies worldwide, spent 68 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA documentaries which he hosted. Brian is a frequent television guest, appearing with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, playing himself on The Big Bang Theory, and enjoying cameo roles in a number of Hollywood films, including FrequencyMaze, and The Last Mimzy.   As co-founder of the World Science Festival with journalist Tracy Day, he combines science, art, music, and technology to reach new audiences, including a new work for the stage exploring Einstein's discovery of the General Theory of Relativity, which will air on PBS this May.

10:15 AM-10:45 AM
Networking Break

10:45 AM-12:00 PM        
Law and Policy Round-up

Policy Panel

From copyright to trade policy, to recent cases affecting digital sale and lending, learn about the major legal and policy developments affecting scholarly publishers in the U.S. and abroad. The panel will address issues surrounding digital licensing, Brexit, the USMCA, systematic piracy, open access, Plan S, and other implications for publishers.   


  • Allan Robert Adler, AAP Executive Vice President and General Counsel

  • Robert Clarida, Partner, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC, New York

  • Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive, The Publishers Association

  • Danny Marti, Head of Global Government Affairs, RELX Group

  • Moderator: Lui Simpson, AAP Vice President, Global Policy

12:00 PM-1:30 PM        
Luncheon and PROSE Awards
2019 Prizes for Outstanding Scholarly Books, Journals, and eProducts

 Awards Co-Chairs

  • Nigel Fletcher-Jones, Director, The American University in Cairo Press

  • Steven Heffner, VP, Product Strategy, Wolters Kluwer Health

1:30 PM-2:00 PM          
Networking Break

2:00 PM-2:30 PM     
Distinguished Guest


Jerry Sheehan
Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

Jerry Sheehan is Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), where he shares responsibility with the Director for overall program development, evaluation, policy formulation, direction and coordination of all Library activities. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library and actively engaged in implementing NLM’s Strategic Plan. Sheehan joined NLM as Assistant Director for Policy Development in September 2006 and contributed to NLM and NIH-wide efforts to advance access to scientific literature and data. From September 2015 to January 2017, he was on detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he served as Assistant Director for Scientific Data and Information and helped advance open science policies across the Federal Government. He has served as Chairman of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy, Co-chair of National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Open Science, and Vice President of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information. He holds BS (Electrical Engineering) and MS (Technology and Policy) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:30 PM-3:15 PM
Publisher Keynote

Drake McFeely (c) Erin Silber.jpg

W. Drake McFeely

Chairman, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Trustee and former Chair, Princeton University Press
Board Executive Committee, Association of American Publishers
Board Executive Committee, National Book Foundation

W. Drake McFeely joined W.W. Norton upon graduating from Amherst College in 1976 and has dedicated his career to serving and leading the storied, independent publishing house, where he became president in 1994 and chairman in 2000.  Known and beloved for such college humanities titles as The Norton Anthology of English Literature, the company has also enjoyed notable success aiming fascinating works at the general public.  Major trade bestsellers from recent lists include Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Michael Lewis’s The Fifth Risk, and Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. During Drake’s remarkable tenure, Norton not only expanded its education focus considerably, but also deepened its trade program in the sciences and social sciences while its books and authors have been honored with eleven Pulitzer Prizes and nine National Book Awards.  The 96-year old company is wholly owned by its employees. 

3:15 PM-3:45 PM          
Networking Break

3:45 PM-4:45 PM         
Technology, Ideas, and Expression: How Machines Learn and What it Means for Legal and Business Paradigms

Thought Panel

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are reshaping how information is created, organized, leveraged and disseminated.   What do publishers need to know? This panel will explore how machines learn, what they are learning, and where the lines should be drawn when using proprietary content or data.  


  • John Behrens, Vice President, AI Product Development, Pearson

  • Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, Advocate and Partner, Lenz Caemmerer

  • Jule Sigall, Associate General Counsel, IP Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Corp.

  • Moderator: Sofia Castillo, AAP Assistant General Counsel

4:45 PM-5:30 PM
Distinguished Guest

Kathleen Jamieson.jpg

Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Author of Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press, 2018)
Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication
Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center
University of Pennsylvania

A highly regarded scholar and teacher, Kathleen Hall Jamieson has authored or co-authored 16 books, most recently Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President (Oxford University Press, 2018). Five of these books have received a total of eight political science or communication book awards (Packaging the Presidency, Eloquence in an Electronic Age, Spiral of Cynicism, Presidents Creating the Presidency, and The Obama Victory.) She recently co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication and The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication. She is the co-founder of and its subsidiary site, SciCheck, and director of The Sunnylands Constitution Project, which has produced more than 30 award-winning films on the Constitution for high school students. Jamieson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association, and a past president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Introduction by Niko Pfund
Global Academic Publisher, Oxford University Press
President, Oxford University Press, USA

5:30 PM-7:00 PM         
Cocktail Reception
(Dinner on Your Own)


8:00 AM-9:00 AM       
Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM-10:15 AM      
Licensing as Vision: Disseminating Knowledge Through the Modern Marketplace 

Business Panel             

Innovation in publishing has always been about more than the content itself; it’s also about how you license, sell and make available that content to readers.   This panel will discuss how customer-focused licensing and other market models are powering scholarly publishing in the twenty-first century.


  • Tracey Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Clearance Center

  • Vivian Berghahn, Managing Director, Berghahn Books

  • Deirdre Silver, Associate General Counsel (Global), VP of Legal, Research, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  • Cathy Wolfe, President and CEO, Health Learning, Research and Practice, Wolters Kluwer

  • Moderator: Matt Barblan, AAP Vice President, Public Policy

10:15 AM-10:45 AM     
Networking Break

10:45 AM-12:00 PM      
The Legacy and Future of PSP Publishing: Insights from the C-Suite

Leadership Panel

Leading executives from commercial, society, and university publishing houses will discuss the indisputable legacy of scholarly publishing, and offer insights about where it’s headed.


  • Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi, Chairman, Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX Group

  • Brian Crawford, President, Pub. Division, American Chemical Society

  • Jennifer Crewe, Associate Provost and Director, Columbia University Press

  • Christie Henry, Director, Princeton University Press

  • Jasper Simons, Chief Publishing Officer, American Psychological Association

  • Moderator: Maria A. Pallante, AAP President and CEO


Additional Members-Only Sessions on Wednesday, February 6

1:00 PM-2:30 PM         
The Legal Basics
Optional Session

First Sale? Fair Use? Embargoes? Join us for an overview of the laws and policies that inform book and journal publishing.  This kick-off session with AAP’s legal staff will be geared to those in attendance, and is sure to help you or your employees make the most of the conference terminology. Bring your questions!
*Open to professionals of all levels from AAP member houses.

3:00 PM-5:00 PM         
Members Policy Suite
Optional Session
(Attendance Limited)

Calling all Publishers: Join us for a participatory discussion of domestic and international policy developments. 
*Eligibility: Limited to CEOs, in-house counsel, and policy/government affairs professionals from AAP member houses.